UMSI honorary alumni

Each year, the School of Information selects an individual to honor as an Honorary Alumnus/a, recognizing the unique support and special relationship that exists between this person and the school.

2016

Betty Bishop has a long history with the University of Michigan and the School of Information. Her grandfather, William Warner Bishop, was asked to come to the University in 1915 by Regent Clements under the terms that he would run the library and eventually start a department of library science. Bishop remained at the University of Michigan until his retirement in 1941. 

Betty believes one of her grandfather’s greatest legacies to the school is that he moved the libraries from the Dewey Decimal system to the Library of Congress classification system. She also considers one of his accomplishments was investing in book buying, which allowed the University to build up collections that rivaled universities such as Harvard and Princeton.  

Betty grew up on the University of Michigan campus where her father was a law professor and remembers hearing many stories of her grandfather’s legacy. She is a 1972 graduate of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with an A.B. in psychology. She earned a doctorate in clinical child psychology from Ohio State University. She founded a private practice, Arbor Psychological Consultants, P.C.,  in Ann Arbor in 1990 and retired in 2014.

In 2016, Betty created the Gill Ness-Collins Civic Engagement Fund to suppport students pursuing civic engagment experiences in the U.S., internships and study abroad programs that have a positive social impact. Gill Ness-Collins was an educator and active community volunteer and long-time friend of Betty Bishop.

2015

Stuart Feldman is now head of Schmidt Sciences at the foundation Schmidt Philanthropies. He is responsible for defining strategies, initiating programs and managing grants in science-related areas. Before that, as Google's vice president of engineering, he was responsible for the health and productivity of Google’s engineering offices in the eastern part of the Americas, Asia, and Australia and also had executive responsibility for a number of Google products. 

Prior to that, Feldman served as Vice President for Internet Technology and was responsible for IBM strategies, standards, and policies relating to the future of the Internet, and managed a department that created experimental Internet-based applications. Earlier, he was the founding Director of IBM’s Institute for Advanced Commerce, which was dedicated to creating intellectual leadership in e-commerce.

Before joining IBM in mid-1995, he was a computer science researcher at Bell Labs and a research manager at Bellcore (now Telcordia). In addition, he was the creator of Make as well as the architect for a large new line of software products at Bellcore.

Feldman did his academic work in astrophysics and mathematics and earned his AB at Princeton and his PhD at MIT. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Mathematics by the University of Waterloo in 2010. He is former President of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and member of the board of directors of the AACSB (Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business). He received the 2003 ACM Software System Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the ACM, and of the AAAS and serves on a number of government advisory committees.

2014 

Larry Mondry, Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Brands, a manufacturer of consumer electronics, received the schools’ first Honorary Alumni Award.  Mondry is the former CEO of CompUSA. He is being recognized for his generous support of the school, including his endowment of the first scholarship in the new bachelor of science in information program.

Although a graduate of Boston University, Mondry is a southeast Michigan native and a strong supporter of the University of Michigan.  “Michigan is mine, it’s in my heart and blood, both the state and university,” Mondry states. “When I say University of Michigan, I say it with the pride of an alumnus.”  With this award, the former Michigander can legitimately claim that distinction.